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Students in career classes graduate at higher rates, vaccination exclusion day coming up, more

PMG FILE PHOTO - Statewide 88.9% of students that took at least one career-oriented class graduated, compared with a graduation rate of 80% overall.

Career courses boost grad rates

Students who take career and technical education classes such as construction, manufacturing, auto technology or medical professions graduate at higher rates than average, statistics released by the Oregon Department of Education show.

At Centennial High School, 92.1% of students who took at least one career-oriented class graduated, almost 10 points higher than the 82.4% of Eagles as whole.

Statewide, 88.9% of students that took at least one career-oriented class graduated, compared with a graduation rate of 80% overall.

At Barlow High School, 90.9% of students taking at least one CTE (career and technical education) class, compared with 83.5% school wide.

Gresham Gophers taking at least one CTE class graduated at a rate of 87.1%, compared with 79.2% for the school overall.

At Reynolds, which recently started an HVAC program, 84.8% of students taking a CTE class graduated, compared with 76.6% of Raiders in general.

Get your shots

Kids who don't have their vaccinations up to date will be kept out of school and day care starting Wednesday, Feb. 19.

If families don't have a regular health care provider, there are two immunization clinics coming up in Gresham at the East County Building, 600 N.E. Eighth St. The first is from 2-6 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 18. The second opportunity is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19. Bring your health insurance card. If you are uninsured, the cost is $21.96 per vaccine. However, no one will be denied vaccines due to inability to pay.

In 2019, a total of 4,043 children were kept out of school or child care until the necessary immunization information was turned in to the schools or child care facilities.

Japanese storytelling at library

Using an original story with pictures by a local artist, Takohachi's Q ensemble play a variety of Japanese music including Taiko drums, Bamboo flutes, Tsugaru  Shamisen (3 stringed) dance and more in a free performance from 4-4:50 Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark St. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

Puppet show comes to library

Deep in the jungles of Central America, Papagayo, the parrot, sings and dances as the nocturnal animals try to slumber. One night, the magical Perro Luna wakes up and starts eating the moon. Will the animals learn to work together to save the moon? Watch this free puppet show from KCPuppetree from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Troutdale Library, 2451 S.W. Cherry Park Road.

The show is in both English and Spanish and the two puppeteers interact with the audience. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

Area students make Gonzaga honor roll

Gonzaga University, a private Catholic college in Spokane, Wash, announced its fall 2019 President's List. Christopher Farrow, from Gresham and Happy Valley's Dillon Cardinale, Brandon Duax, Emma Herder, Kelly Ann Nisbet, Dylan Ruesch and Trevor Ruesch all earned a place on the list. Students must earn a 3.85 to 4.0 grade point average to be listed.

Nikki Brown Clown performs

The library and Black History Festival NW presents in a story hour featuring Nikki Brown Clown from 12:15-12:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark St. This free, interactive story hour is a culturally creative blend of picture books infused with movement to a range of African American music. For more information call 503-988-5123.


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